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Hockey’s Best Goalie:  James F. Howard

Measure it however you want.  Tim Thomas has a Cup but, at 37, it was most likely his last.  Fleury has a Cup, too.  But pull a Pens fan aside and ask them their most private scary thought and they might tell you it’s the French kid in the postseason.  And that is that.  There are no others worthy of comparison because Jim’s got them beat and beaten badly.  You want traditional stats? Deal. Among goalies with 17 or more starts he’s #1 in GAA and 7th in save percentage.  He’ll never be an All Star as long as the little shrew is commissioner, but those numbers are kinda good.

Kevin Allen’s smart and, according to him, the number one reason the Wings are dangerous Cup contenders?

1. Goalie Jimmy Howard has taken a major step in his development. He has been a model of consistency, and he’s at or the near the top of the leaderboard in every statistical category.

That’s right you little toad, Gary. You ass. The league’s 19th best goaltender, according to you and your crack staff, is at or top of the leaderboard in…every statistical category.  But you know what?

They don’t mean jack squat.  The All Star snub, as pathetic as it is, doesn’t mean a damn thing.

Only one stat and one thing means anything and that’s wins.  And winning? Well, that’s James F. Howard’s business and business is pretty damn good.

He and Fleury lead the league with 14, but rumor has it Fleury actually gets to rest every once in a while. I can’t confirm that but I do know JFH doesn’t get a frigging wink of it. Not a bit and that’s a problem.  We know it and so does our Uncle Mike.

But not yet. Not today. Jim’s in again and we’re looking 7 in a row right in the face.

It’s a Live Blog, bitches and James F. Howard’s your huckleberry until he says otherwise.

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Sullyosis's avatar

Jimmy hangs dong in this one!

Posted by Sullyosis from A hateful lair in Post Apocalyptic US (or Arizona) on 12/02/11 at 08:42 PM ET

RWBill's avatar

I was watching NHL channel when I was allegedly working, and saw that the goalie leading the league in victories (14) was , wait for it,

Your Jimmy Howard.

Posted by dougie on 12/01/11 at 03:20 PM ET

You mean the guy NOT on the All-Star ballot?

Posted by RWBill from cruising Brush Street with Super Creepy Rob Lowe. on 12/02/11 at 08:50 PM ET

RWBill's avatar

I posted something along these lines prior to a couple of games ago, I think, but may have dreamed it.

The one biggest concern that The Franchise Brain Trust has is ....  a back up goalie.  Anything, Everything, else is 2 orders of magnitude lower.

I stand by that now as when I said it, coming out of a 120 game loss streak last month when, according to some fans, me included, every player sucked and Babcock had lost control of the team.

Posted by RWBill from cruising Brush Street with Super Creepy Rob Lowe. on 12/02/11 at 08:53 PM ET

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He’s a good goalie, but he also plays behind Lidstrom… the best D of his generation. There’s also the matter of the team in front of him being a top 10 side well before and since he got to the show.

Let’s see how Jimmy does when he doesn’t have all world support…

In the meantime, he’s just another good goalie and there’s nothing wrong with that.

Posted by Marc10 on 12/02/11 at 08:54 PM ET

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Posted by Marc10 on 12/02/11 at 06:54 PM ET

Agreed. Same for that overhyped madman Dominik Hasek. Couldn’t win a Cup without Lidstrom.

Also, my sarcasm rings a bit too true right now. #JimmyHangsDong

Posted by Sullyosis from A hateful lair in Post Apocalyptic US (or Arizona) on 12/02/11 at 08:56 PM ET

RWBill's avatar

Oh, and EVENING BITCHES !

http://www.flickr.com/photos/rwbill/3395437324/

Posted by RWBill from cruising Brush Street with Super Creepy Rob Lowe. on 12/02/11 at 08:57 PM ET

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Posted by Sullyosis from A hateful lair in Post Apocalyptic US (or Arizona) on 12/02/11 at 06:56 PM ET

#allwordblogger

Posted by RWBill from cruising Brush Street with Super Creepy Rob Lowe. on 12/02/11 at 08:58 PM ET

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Posted by Sullyosis from A hateful lair in Post Apocalyptic US (or Arizona) on 12/02/11 at 06:56 PM ET

Crap, I meant

#allworldblogger

Posted by RWBill from cruising Brush Street with Super Creepy Rob Lowe. on 12/02/11 at 08:59 PM ET

RWBill's avatar

Don’t forget, game is on NHL Network tonight.  It could be FS Detroit but Comcast here cuts off the left and right edges of the picture so far you can’t even read the name of the visiting team in the upper left corner.

Could be a night to get a link from one of the scab Euro 19.

Posted by RWBill from cruising Brush Street with Super Creepy Rob Lowe. on 12/02/11 at 09:00 PM ET

stonehands-78's avatar

hey, gang.

James.

period.

L.G.R.W.

Posted by stonehands-78 from the beginning ... a WingsFan, on 12/02/11 at 09:07 PM ET

RWBill's avatar

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What an “Aw Crap” moment of impending doom when Detroit catches up in games played and is atop the Western Conference.

StL playing like a Muther, under Hitchcock.

Posted by RWBill from cruising Brush Street with Super Creepy Rob Lowe. on 12/02/11 at 09:07 PM ET

RWBill's avatar

Time for 20 minutes of Halo, Anniversary.

Posted by RWBill from cruising Brush Street with Super Creepy Rob Lowe. on 12/02/11 at 09:08 PM ET

RedMenace's avatar

Everyone, I have an important, sERIOUS announcement to make:

I hereby renounce my man-crush on Jiri Hudler.

That is all.

(that’s for you, Doug)

Posted by RedMenace from the Church of Jesus Lashoff on 12/02/11 at 09:16 PM ET

42jeff's avatar

lol…I just googled “Jimmyhangsdong”

Posted by 42jeff from The greater Howard City, MI metroplex on 12/02/11 at 09:16 PM ET

Little Redhead's avatar

Evening Ya ALL!
I Hart Jimmy (NY Native) Howard’s Goalie abilities!

Lets Go Red Wings!!!

Posted by Little Redhead from the Engineer's chair on 12/02/11 at 09:17 PM ET

TheRealYooper's avatar

evening bitches.

lets close the gap and take this game.

FSD FEED

Posted by TheRealYooper from within sight of the edge of the Earth. on 12/02/11 at 09:24 PM ET

42jeff's avatar

evening bitches.

lets close the gap and take this game.

FSD FEED

Posted by TheRealYooper from within sight of the edge of the Earth. on 12/02/11 at 07:24 PM ET

You beautiful bitch.


What is it about this feed that just seems REALLY clear?

Posted by 42jeff from The greater Howard City, MI metroplex on 12/02/11 at 09:27 PM ET

TheRealYooper's avatar

What is it about this feed that just seems REALLY clear?

have no idea, it just does.

i am not one to look a gift foal in the mouth.

Posted by TheRealYooper from within sight of the edge of the Earth. on 12/02/11 at 09:29 PM ET

RorSchach's avatar

http://nhlnfllive.blogspot.com/ Wings feed if needed.

Posted by RorSchach from Datsberg on 12/02/11 at 09:32 PM ET

stonehands-78's avatar

merrffffffff’shh washthed…

Posted by stonehands-78 from the beginning ... a WingsFan, on 12/02/11 at 09:33 PM ET

TheRealYooper's avatar

peanut butter and jelly

or

a wings game.

hmmmm which is better…

Posted by TheRealYooper from within sight of the edge of the Earth. on 12/02/11 at 09:35 PM ET

TheRealYooper's avatar

the pregame song is being sung

Posted by TheRealYooper from within sight of the edge of the Earth. on 12/02/11 at 09:36 PM ET

stonehands-78's avatar

game on!

Posted by stonehands-78 from the beginning ... a WingsFan, on 12/02/11 at 09:39 PM ET

Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit's avatar

It’s a Live Blog, bitches and James F. Howard’s your huckleberry until he says otherwise.

Evenin’ bitches. I wasn’t a big supporter of Howies in the beginning. I will admit I was wrong.

Guns and Roses were fanfuchingtastic!!!!! 3 straight hours of one of the best performances I have ever seen. AXL still has all the moves, voice, and ‘tude.

I will never understand the Haters.

Lets Go Red Wings!!!!!

Posted by Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit on 12/02/11 at 09:40 PM ET

Down River Dan's avatar

I may regret this later, but how refreshing to play a team that plays a up-tempo game. So sick of trap games against minn & tampa.

Posted by Down River Dan on 12/02/11 at 09:41 PM ET

Jeff  OKWingnut's avatar

Hey Bitches.

Posted by Jeff OKWingnut from Quest for 12 on 12/02/11 at 09:41 PM ET

stonehands-78's avatar

how refreshing to play a team that plays a up-tempo game = HOCKEY

Posted by stonehands-78 from the beginning ... a WingsFan, on 12/02/11 at 09:43 PM ET

Jeff  OKWingnut's avatar

Wally is a frigging stud this year.  Great “D” there

Posted by Jeff OKWingnut from Quest for 12 on 12/02/11 at 09:44 PM ET

WestWing's avatar

Evening 19.

FSD in HD, bacon cheeseburger and a hearty bottle of ale.  LGRW!!!

Stellar play by Wally on the backcheck there!

Posted by WestWing from Portland, Oregon on 12/02/11 at 09:44 PM ET

Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit's avatar

Hanging with the Grandson tonite. He knows the Wing’s cheer. So darn cute. Bitches.

Lets Go Red Wings!!!!!

Posted by Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit on 12/02/11 at 09:45 PM ET

stonehands-78's avatar

too
many
man
!!!

Posted by stonehands-78 from the beginning ... a WingsFan, on 12/02/11 at 09:45 PM ET

TheRealYooper's avatar

too
many
man

they were not wearing red. so no foul.

Posted by TheRealYooper from within sight of the edge of the Earth. on 12/02/11 at 09:47 PM ET

Jeff  OKWingnut's avatar

Bert - where is that spin-o-rama?

Posted by Jeff OKWingnut from Quest for 12 on 12/02/11 at 09:48 PM ET

Chris in A^2's avatar

Filp is in full mini dangles mode tonight

Posted by Chris in A^2 from Nyquist Puck Control on 12/02/11 at 09:50 PM ET

Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit's avatar

Bert - where is that spin-o-rama?

Posted by Jeff OKWingnut from Quest for 12 on 12/02/11 at 07:48 PM ET

Too show-boaty.

Lets Go Red Wings!!!!!

Posted by Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit on 12/02/11 at 09:50 PM ET

stonehands-78's avatar

James.


period.

Posted by stonehands-78 from the beginning ... a WingsFan, on 12/02/11 at 09:51 PM ET

Chris in A^2's avatar

Yak Attack

Posted by Chris in A^2 from Nyquist Puck Control on 12/02/11 at 09:51 PM ET

Jeff  OKWingnut's avatar

YAK!

Posted by Jeff OKWingnut from Quest for 12 on 12/02/11 at 09:51 PM ET

calquake's avatar

Hail to the Yak.

Posted by calquake on 12/02/11 at 09:51 PM ET

Little Redhead's avatar

Woo Hoo!  WINGS SCORE!

Posted by Little Redhead from the Engineer's chair on 12/02/11 at 09:51 PM ET

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